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Tas Cru - Grizzle n' Bone

Grizzle n' Bone

Tas Cru

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Man, this one just swings right from the git (the title cut), with Tas Cru (yep, that's the gent's name) playing and singing with a growl, a blue bounce, and an alley cat yowl. Chip Lamson throws in some jumping piano through the middle eight, with Cru's slide trailing right behind. The song reminds strongly of a Dan Hicks who got tipsy one night and decided to amp up. Then things get funky gospel on ya, Lamson switching to organ and grinding out the hallelujahs and Sunday stomp as Cru waxes a touch Johnny Winterish, the Stacked Deck Singers (Jenny Macri, Meaghan Manor, and Montana Rodriguez—stacked, get it?) tripping in for a little Andrews Sistersy backing vocals...by way of the famed Waters girls.

This CD holds a lot of good-time blues kinda like Elvin Bishop at his best, especially in his days with Butterfield. Tas Cru embellishes and constantly rides the song along but doesn't always advantage himself of solos the way he should…and it's a damned shame, 'cause that slide of his is delicious. Still, with cuts as grooving as what occurs here each and every time out, I cain't hardly fetch a dither, Jeeter, 'cause, Lordy lord, it's some hellaciously tasty shtuff!

The Slow Happy Boys, his and Lamson's backing crew, earn their name on All Good, a lo-burn honeydripper cut, so knock back the Beam, boys, and get those horns on straight, as we all know what Brother Tas is singing about when he proclaims his lady is hard to satisfy…but worth the work. Don't dally too long, however, 'cause Cru revs it back up blue 'n raw on the follower, Can't Get Over the Blues (Again), then just keeps on goin' back and forth until the end of the disc, an eased-up version of the chestnut Higher and Higher that catches fire at the tail end, cruising out to the highway. Thus, in the glow of the ruby red rear lights, we just sit back, take another pull at the bottle, and commence to settle in for the night.

Track List:

  • Grizzle n' Bone
  • One Eyed Jack
  • Woman Won't You Love Me?
  • Tulsa Tornado
  • Money Talks
  • Come to Testify
  • All Good
  • Can't Get Over the Blues (Again)
  • Let's Just Pretend
  • Brand New Shoes
  • Make my Woman Cry
  • The Prophet of Lynchburg
  • Higher and Higher (Jackson / Miner / Smith)
All songs written by Tas Cru…I think…the liner says nothing and the promo's a bit dodgy, but Dave says
Cru wrote 'em all while on tour in Canada (!), so that's good enough for me…um, except on the one cut as noted.

[Editor's note: In self defense, I was quoting the press kit when I said he wrote the songs while on tour in Canada. -Dave]

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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